Human Rights: Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Human Rights: Trafficking and Modern Slavery

7 Nov 2017, 15:15 - 16:30

WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre


There is increasing awareness of modern slavery and of the trafficking of children and women, often this trafficking takes place using the travel industry’s infrastructure. At WTM two years ago a UK Border Force Officer asked why so few airlines, passengers and crew, hotels and staff report concerns. As she pointed out the immigration officers have maybe a minute or two to decide whether to be concerned or not – those travelling on the plane or staying in the hotel have much longer. Why don’t more people raise concerns? How could we encourage more to do so? This is a challenging issue, one where the sector could make a big difference. Don’t turn a blind eye to it.

Speakers Include:

  • Moderator: Harold Goodwin
  • Megan Devenish
  • Nishma Jethwa, Shiva Foundation
  • Martin Punaks, Lumos
  • Alexandros Paraskevas, University of West London, European COMBAT
  • Rebecca Armstrong
  • Caroline Meledo, Hilton 
  • Jenny Stevenson, Border Force
  • Márcio Favilla, Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations, UNWTO


  • Harold Goodwin


    WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

    Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000...

  • Nishma Jethwa


    Strategy Lead

    Shiva Foundation

    Nishma is currently the Strategy Lead at Shiva Foundation, a corporate foundation funded by the Shiva Hotels Group. The Foundation specialises in...

  • Martin Punaks


    Head of the Global Training and Advisory Services Unit


    Martin has over fifteen years’ professional experience working in child rights and anti-trafficking.  He has worked in the UK, India and Nepal. ...

  • Caroline Meledo


    Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Human Rights


    Caroline has developed and leads on Hilton’s global human rights strategy, and supports the global corporate responsibility strategy, after...

  • Megan Devenish


    Responsible Tourism Manager

    Exodus Travels

    Megan Devenish is the Responsible Tourism Manager for Exodus Travels. Exodus, a UK-based outbound tour operator, have been at the forefront of...

  • Rebecca Armstrong


    Responsible Tourism Matters

    Rebecca is a sustainability consultant focusing on the socio-economic impacts of tourism. Her experience includes work for leading travel...

  • Márcio Favilla


    Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations


    Brazilian national, graduated in Economics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte) in 1979, obtained a Master’s in Development...


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